Sep 13, 2011

Simple Scheduled Backups For Desktop Linux

Have you ever heard the expression, "He who laughs last had a good backup?" I heard that from one of my teachers when I went to school and it stuck with me. Backups are very important, and can seriously save your butt in the event of a disaster, or a mistake. I mean Backups aren't just for peace of mind, they are often needed. Disasters are not a matter of if, but when.

If you are using Windows, there has been a fairly simple backup program packaged in since I can remember. NTBackup for Windows 2000 and XP, and now Windows Backup for Vista and 7. What about us Ubuntu desktop users though? Hell, any flavor of Linux desktop? I've got a solution for you. It's called Simple Backup, or SBackup for short!

From their project page:

The sbackup suite, short for simple backup, is a backup solution for Gnome desktop. All configuration is accessable via Gnome interface. File and paths can be included and excluded directly or by regex, local and remote backups supported. Very simple configuration and zero maintenance.

sbackup is basically using the same technology that Unix administrators have been used for decades but it adds some some intelligence for interaction with users within a graphical interface. This means dumps of files were created using the good old TAR but the usage is much more convenient than from a command line.

Noteable features are handling of log files, a plug-in framework and status indication. All the time compatibility between nssbackup and sbackup was, and will, preserved.

Here are some screen shots:





Installing from Ubuntu is as simple as running sudo apt-get install sbackup from the terminal, or from a quick search in the Ubuntu Software Center.

Do you use SBackup in Ubuntu or your favorite flavor of Linux? If not, what do you like to use? Let us know in the comments.

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